Talent — Virtual, hybrid, in-person—what really works?

In order to better understand the perspectives of industry GM and senior talent leaders on their current and future investment in international relocation, Santa Fe commissioned Dr Phil Renshaw and Dr Jenny Robinson PhD to conduct research over a nine month period between December 2021 and September 2022.

The webinar explored the value of international assignments based on new research and lessons learned from the pandemic. The study considers the following question: Is relocation worth it, or do modern technologies and agile work methods diminish our appetite for traditional international assignments?

The report launched in December 2022 was based on twenty interviews with GM and senior talent/CHRO leaders who shared their insights on the performance of their employees’ undertaking international assignments during the pandemic. This webinar focus on the talent, knowledge transfer and performance perspectives of deploying talent for international work arrangements.

Key highlights

  • The methodology and model employed to underpin the research.
  • Key findings and sector perspectives.
  • Can working virtually be effective?
  • Can technology replace physical presence?
  • Is the age of the corporate-led international assignment dead?

First session

Second session


Dr Phil Renshaw, Visiting Fellow, Cranfield University; Visiting Professor, LIBF
Dr Jenny Robinson, Visiting Fellow, Henley Business School
Selina Jones-May, Senior Global HR Director – Global Benefits, Global Mobility and Wellness, Lumentum
Kerwin Guillermo, Global Head of Mobility, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Erik Mathys, Head of Total Rewards, ETEX NV


John Rason, Group Head of Consulting, Santa Fe Relocation


Related report

2022/23 GMS series: Reshaping Global Mobility part two — Talent: Virtual, hybrid, in-person—what really works?

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